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COVID-19: President Ghani, First Lady test negative, 66 new cases recorded in Afghanistan

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Presidential spokesman, Sidiq Sidiqi, said in a tweet on Tuesday said that both President Ghani and first lady Rula Ghani tested negative. “The president is in good health and is leading government efforts on all fronts,” he tweeted.

COVID-19 tests have been conducted on President Ghani and First Lady at their own request, he added. All precautions had been put in place to make sure that the work environment at the Presidential Office remained safe, the official tweeted.

A day earlier, the Presidential Palace said a number of its employees have tested for coronavirus, but results were still awaited.

Another 66 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in the country over the past 24 hours, taking the nation’s tally to 1,092, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Tuesday.

Dr. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the ministry, told a press conference in Government Media and Information Center on Tuesday that the new cases had been registered in Kabul, Laghman, Nangahar, Baghlan and Paktia provinces. He said, 52 were recorded in Kabul, five in Laghman, four each in Nangarhar and Baghlan and one in Paktia.

Mayar added 36 individuals, including four doctors, had so far died from the infection, from which 150 Afghans have recovered so far.

Of the total 1,092 cases, 385 have been detected in Kabul, 334 in Herat, 108 in Kandahar, 55 in Balkh, 35 in Nimroz, 18 in Paktia and 14 in Nangarhar.

Thirteen cases each have been reported in Ghazni, Helmand and Kunar, 12 each in Logar and Baghlan, eight each in Kunduz and Daikundi, seven in Takhar and six each in Farah, Samangan and Bamyan.

Five cases have been reported in Faryab, four in Maidan Wardak, three each in Zabul, Ghor and Badghis and two each in Kapisa and Parwan and each one in Badakhshan, Sar-i-Pul, Jawzjan and Paktika.

Over 50 percent of Afghans contracting the coronavirus are youth while 33 percent of fatalities have been reported among elderly people. 

 

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